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Monday, August 31, 2009

Give-Away #11: Caramel Diezel

If you've been looking for a beautiful, stylish & functional baby shower gift, I really believe hand-knit accessories are really a fabulous choice. Now, if you're like me and are just beginning to learn how to knit, or have no clue how to at all, then it comes down to purchasing them, of course. And hand-made is always better than machine, in my opinion. Always.

I recently received this absolutely gorgeous cap & bootie set from Caramel Diezel. It's hand-knitted from organic cream cotton yarn. The hat has a little knot at the top and a rolled brim, while the booties...the booties. oh so cute! Anyway, while the booties, beyond being just flat-out adorable, have a detail most other knitted booties I've seen don't - a cute little button! Not only that, but the package came bundled in tissue paper and a box, along with a hang-tag attached to the booties with twine - ready to be given away upon receipt, which is oh-so convenient. I really think these would be a show-stopper at any baby shower, and I also cannot wait to put these on my own little bundle of joy arriving next year - I think they'll be fabulous for a photo session!

Here is a bit more about Caramel Diezel...

How did your business start and when?

I’ve always loved to knit and sew. In 2008, everyone seemed to be having babies. I started making baby items as gifts. After seeing an interview on TV about Etsy, I thought I would give it a try. Towards the end of 2008, I started Caramel Diezel on Etsy, selling hand-knitted hats, booties, sweaters and sewn dresses and blankets.

How did you come up with your business name?

Caramel Diezel is a nickname given to me by my grandfather. The nuance of the name is in the tagline of “for sweet and energetic kids”.

How long have you been making your creations?

I only started making baby items last year, 2008. I’ve always knitted. “Knitting is my addiction”, is what I’ve often said. In the past I knitted sweaters which were always given away as gifts. The more difficult the pattern, the more I loved it. It was only about two years ago that I finally knitted a scarf. Before moving to the USA, I used to sew most of my clothes.

What medium/s do you use to create your products?

I like to use different mediums, whatever catches my eye. I like to experiment with different yarns for different textures and feels. My current favorite yarns are organic cotton and cotton blend yarns. I love the way they feel. 100% cotton fabric is my favorite type of fabric, but I also use some seersucker and fleece and flannel for blankets.

What sets your business/products apart from others that create similar items?

I try to make items that are my unique take on the “norm”. I love to play with color combinations and different patterns. New designs seem to swim around in my head constantly and I can never keep up with creating them! Designing new things is what I enjoy most.

Any other comments or otherwise you’d like to share with our blog followers?

Discount: Free shipping on any orders placed in August and September, 2009. Mention this blog in “message to seller” to receive free shipping.

And now the part you've been waiting for...Caramel Diezel will be giving away a hat & bootie set in the color of choice (size 0-3 months) set one of Haute Tot & Baby Couture's lucky blog readers!

Here is how you can win it!!
*Visit Caramel Diezel to find your favorite hand-knitted (or sewn) delight,
then come back here and comment on it.

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All winners for our give-away blitz month will be posted around early-mid September.


Michaela said...

Oh goodness! I am so in love with her stuff! I had a hard time choosing just one favorite, but I think it would be the azalea pink and lime booties set. I wish my Sweetpea could have worn these when she was a baby! I would be so proud to give anything from her shop as a gift!!

Digital Misfit said...

Amazing knit goodies! My brand new grand nephew, Cameron, was born just 3 days ago. He would be so adorable in one of the hat and bootie sets!

I must also note that I LOVE the Snail Hat and the Organic Cotton Blueberries Top Knot Hat and Bootie Set. The little knots on top add such a sweet touch.


Digital Misfit said...

I follow your blog! :)

Jen Bridgham said...

WOW where do I start. I am not crafty but adore these caps and booties. The colors are beautiful and I love the caps with the flowers on them for girls.

the monkey's mama said...

LOVE the Azalea Pink Flower on Lime Beanie and Bootie Set. Oh my goodness. Sooooo many choices! I favorited them on Etsy.

the monkey's mama said...

i follow!

the monkey's mama said...

tweeted! http://twitter.com/monkeygiveaways/status/3789173915

the monkey's mama said...

I have your button on my blog! http://monkeys-on-the-bed.blogspot.com/

-Courtney Rae* said...

I am a first time mother, (well, due this winter)and I haven't been able to find anything like the stuff you have on your blog around where I live! I just made a site and blog just so I could follow you! lol.
OMG!! i just love everything on that page!
I dont think i could pick just one thing.
The Organic Cotton Cream Top Knot Hat and Bootie Set is just amazing and would really help in the winter.
But the two-toned booties like the Dusty Pink Berry and Blue Booties or the Aqua and Butterscotch Booties are adorable.
between the set, the booties and the Snail hat they are all completely amazing!
I would be thankful for getting Anything on that site!

-Courtney Rae* said...

i follow this blog

-Courtney Rae* said...

and subscribed!

-Courtney Rae* said...